A leading civil engineering firm is celebrating after being shortlisted for three prestigious industry awards.
Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK is up for the trio of accolades at the Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) Awards, which celebrates the best of the Welsh construction sector.
The Ruthin-based firm’s work on career progression is up for a people development award, and its construction of the final phase of the Llangefni Link Road is shortlisted in the civils project of the year and sustainability categories.
And as part of the judging process, Jones Bros’ training and workforce manager Richard Owen and contracts director Hefin Lloyd Davies will travel to Cardiff to present about the award submissions.
Richard said: “The construction and engineering industry is a demanding and difficult environment affected by many influences including economic, political, cultural, and technological advancements.
“Jones Bros continues to succeed and thrive in this industry by remaining personable and flexible as well as continually investing in and developing a professional, well-trained, dedicated, and highly motivated workforce.
“We actively promote training opportunities and continued development in all areas of the business. We are very proud of our commitment to our people, and this award recognition is a fantastic reminder of that to everyone at Jones Bros.”
Hefin said: “For the team to see a project they worked on get shortlisted in two categories is a huge morale boost, and no less than they deserve.
“The construction of the final phase of the Llangefni Link Road involved an innovative technique to soil stabilise 7,000m3 of surplus unsuitable soils on site during the project.
“This saved more than 3,000 traffic movements to and from site, ultimately reducing the carbon footprint, quarrying operations as well as reducing any waste sent to local landfills.
“In addition, 90 per cent of Jones Bros’ workforce on the scheme live in the local area. Also, our commitment to strengthening the local economy prevails as several of our materials including stone, concrete, and tarmac, were sourced from local suppliers, all of which amounted to more than 40 per cent of the project cost spent directly on the Isle of Anglesey.
“We feel that we have brought an innovative construction method to the attention of the client and with working closely with Isle of Anglesey Council we have built confidence in this construction method for future similar projects to adopt a similar approach.”
Jones Bros find out if they have been successful at the CEW Awards on Friday 7 June at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.
At the 2018 awards, the Jones Bros Balfour Beatty joint venture Pen Y Cymoedd Wind Farm Energy Project was named civil engineering project of the year. The scheme was then awarded the top prize in the same category at the CE national awards later in the year.
Established in the 1950s, Jones Bros is now being run by the second and third generations of the founding family and employs more than 350 people.
The family-owned firm has recruited more than 100 apprentices during the past three years, with many of its senior management having started out in apprenticeship and trainee roles.